Biennial Report of the Board of Railroad Commissioners of the State of Vermont

Biennial Report of the Board of Railroad Commissioners of the State of Vermont

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1912 edition. Excerpt: ...of the trainmen on No. 411, but without avail. The train went on and the collision resulted. We find that there was some difficulty in the mechanism of the order board, in consequence of which it did not easily work, and when the chain was gently loosened, the order board did not at once go into full opposition. This condition of things had never existed before the time in question, nor had any operator any difficulty in operating the order board thereafter, but it was discovered immediately after the accident that if the chain was gently removed from the hook the order board would go only in partial opposition, as it did with Meunier. One who removed the chain from the hook, if he noticed at all the result, could easily see that the chain did not go to a sufficient height to allow the order board to be in full opposition to approaching trains. The occupants of the cab and the brakeman in the cupola in the van were evidently watching the order board as they went by the station and did not notice that it was in any wise against them. It seems a little singular to us that none of the trainmen were in a position on the train where they could have seen Thompson and Meunier signaling as above stated. There is a rule entered in the Rule Book of the Central Vermont Railway Company--which the Superintendent says is now obsolete--requiring brakemen to be on top of their trains in going through stations. It is said that this requirement was necessary when trains were operated largely with hand brakes, but that since trains are now so fully equipped with the air brake, that rule is no longer insisted upon by the management. It also seems to us that Meunier should have noticed, when he disengaged the chain from the hook, that the chain did not rise to the...show more

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  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 354g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236579496
  • 9781236579492